Melbourne Victory are believed to closing in on an agreement to bring Fabrizio Miccoli to the A-League.
The former Juventus forward, a free agent after leaving relegated Palermo in the off-season, is in the advanced stages of negotiations with Victory, according to reports appearing the Italian media.
Miccoli left Palermo, relegated to Serie B at the end of last season, under a cloud after his links with mafia figures in Sicily were exposed as part of a police investigation into organised crime.
The 34-year-old, a 10-cap Italy international who has not played for the national team since 2004, had been linked with a move to Lecce.
But it appears the fallout from being investigated for extortion - as well as having been recorded dishonouring the memory of a murdered anti-mafia campaigner - may have encouraged him to seek a move away from Italy.
Victory, without a marquee since the departure of Marcos Flores to Central Coast Mariners, are understood to be able to meet Miccoli's wage demands, and are keen to replicate the commercial boom enjoyed by Sydney FC following their capture of Alessandro Del Piero.